The Ultimate Guide to Recording Grandmother Recipes

Wrangling recipes from grandmas isn’t a pursuit for the thin-skinned. Ask for exact quantities, measurements, times… Basically everything you need for a recipe to work, and chances are, you’ll get a touch of this, a sprinkle of that, and a whole lot of furrowed brows, back talk, pity, groans, moans—all of the ingredients that’ll make you want to abort your mission. In a way, we sort of did. Rather... Source

Porto’s Historic Fresh Food Market: Bolhão

Why doesn’t the Lovers Handkerchief embroidery get old in Portugal? What’s so magical about these folkloric motifs, slapped on everything imaginable and sold in every airport, souvenir shop and roadside rest stop? It stirs the soul… Traditionally they were embroidered by the unabashed women of Minho as a declaration of their love to a desired fiancé, part of the charm is the colloquial language on... Source

Photographing Portugal: Where to capture fantastic photos in Northern Portugal

Portugal is renowned for its stunning coastal landscapes and kind, engaging people; which is much of the reason why Portugal continuously ranks as one of the top tourism destinations in Europe. That said, what many people haven’t experienced is the rustic interior of Portugal, where villages are hidden among the folds of terraced mountains, and where cultural traditions have remained intact... Source

Discover Jewish Heritage throughout Portugal and Spain

Orange trees scent a patio in Lisbon’s ancient Alfama neighborhood. Cilantro is used to season a seafood stew, made just like this for over a thousand years. Sausage made with bread stuffing hangs in a smokehouse and its true origin is hidden. A cook fries tiny fish in olive oil, unaware of the stories that belie this humble dish. Almond blossoms bloom and announce the eventual nut harvest which... Source

Beija-Flor: Beautiful Handmade Portuguese Crafts in Porto

There’s a reason why Porto has become a shopping haven for those seeking out talented Portuguese artists and designers, they’re phenomenal at what they do. The Portuguese are not only passionate about their terra, but they use it to inspire their work in an organic, relaxed and charming Latin aesthetic, drawing from the rich visual vocabulary and broad palette of inspirational... Source

Beija-Flor: Beautiful Handmade Portuguese Crafts in Porto

There’s a reason why Porto has become a shopping haven for those seeking out talented Portuguese artists and designers, they’re phenomenal at what they do. The Portuguese are not only passionate about their terra, but they use it to inspire their work in an organic, relaxed and charming Latin aesthetic, drawing from the rich visual vocabulary and broad palette of inspirational... Source

Chef José Pizarro’s Top Foodie Tips for Spain

With a focus on simple, authentic Spanish cuisine, Chef José Pizarro has been at the forefront of bringing both traditional and innovative tapas to London. With three successful restaurants across the city, author of several Spanish cookbooks, and a regular on morning television shows, his career has taken him a long way from his farming background in Extremadura. Today, we’re honored to... Source

Top Tips to Eating Incredible Seafood in Porto

If you snake along the river to the bustling seaside town of Matosinhos, you’ll encounter one of our favorite places on the planet, O Gaveto. Run by Joao Carlos Silva and his family, this restaurant is not only part of the cultural fabric of Porto, but sells some of the best fish and seafood in the North of Portugal. If you’re in the vicinity, be sure to order their seafood sampler. ... Source

The Undiscovered Sights, Sounds and Flavors of Portugal

Gail Aguiar is by far, one of the most prolific travel bloggers in Portugal, which is why we’re so keen to feature her! Canadian by birth, Gail has spent most of her life traveling, working and exploring the world; hence her insight comes from a place of deep wisdom and experience. Today, she joins us from Porto, where she’s offering up a series of fabulous food, culture and travel... Source

The Hidden Culinary Escapes of Barcelona

Sam Zucker is far from a Spanish native, but his passion and dedication to Spain has been profound. For years, he’s written on Catavino, not only infusing his writing with his love of food and wine, but for discovering the undiscovered nooks and crannies of Spain.  Sam Zucker’s Top Tips for Spain 1. You’ve been in Spain for a considerable amount of time, so what makes it such a... Source

Portuguese Wine Week Minnesota – Interview with Jason Kallsen

Jason Kallsen is a force of nature in the Twin Cities wine scene with his wine education company Twin Cities Wine Education. Our relationship with Jason goes back many, many years to when he sold wine to Ryan as the Manager of a wine shop in Minnetonka, Minnesota. And despite an overseas move, and a decade in passing, their friendship continued to blossom until 2014 when Ryan brought Jason to the... Source

The Jesuíta – You Sassy Portuguese Pastry You!

A few years ago, I was dining sozinho (alone) in a small neighborhood cafe in Porto when I caught sight of this gorgeous pastry in the display case. With crispy folds of puff pastry piled high under a hard, sugary crust of perfection, I thought “damn girl, you need that!” But what looked like a small dainty pastry wasn’t decorous in the least! Even if I wanted to lift my pinkie... Source

The Jesuíta – You Sassy Portuguese Pastry You!

A few years ago, I was dining sozinho (alone) in a small neighborhood cafe in Porto when I caught sight of this gorgeous pastry in the display case. With crispy folds of puff pastry piled high under a hard, sugary crust of perfection, I thought “damn girl, you need that!” But what looked like a small dainty pastry wasn’t decorous in the least! Even if I wanted to lift my pinkie... Source

The Jesuíta – You Sassy Portuguese Pastry You!

Jesuita - Portuguese PastryA few years ago, I was dining sozinho (alone) in a small neighborhood cafe in Porto when I caught sight of this gorgeous pastry in the display case. With crispy folds of puff pastry piled high under a hard, sugary crust of perfection, I thought “damn girl, you need that!” But what looked like a small dainty pastry wasn’t decorous in the least! Even if I wanted to lift my pinkie to flaunt my European residence, I couldn’t as the sheer size of this buttery beast was massive. Not only that, as you take that first bite, an avalanche of filo flakes cascade across your chest creating a toasted brown mosaic that’s virtually impossible to brush away. Romantic rendezvous’ beware! That said, the flavor warrants a cafe catastrophe, because when paired with a Tawny Port wine, or better yet, a dipped into a steaming hot meia de leite (coffee with ...

Your Ultimate Guide to Camellias in Porto

In the North of Portugal, parks radiate green under rain filled winter skies. Moss gently spreads along ancient stone walls, vines creep up porcelain tiles as Camellia trees burst in red, pinks and whites. It’s mesmerizing, beautiful and absolutely worth seeing for yourself! Camellias, however, didn’t originate in Portugal, like the cork oak or lavender bush did; they’re home to... Source

Your Ultimate Guide to Camellias in Porto

In the North of Portugal, parks radiate green under rain filled winter skies. Moss gently spreads along ancient stone walls, vines creep up porcelain tiles as Camellia trees burst in red, pinks and whites. It’s mesmerizing, beautiful and absolutely worth seeing for yourself! Camellias, however, didn’t originate in Portugal, like the cork oak or lavender bush did; they’re home to... Source

Your Ultimate Guide to Camellias in Porto

Camellia PortugalIn the North of Portugal, parks radiate green under rain filled winter skies. Moss gently spreads along ancient stone walls, vines creep up porcelain tiles as Camellia trees burst in red, pinks and whites. It’s mesmerizing, beautiful and absolutely worth seeing for yourself! Camellias, however, didn’t originate in Portugal, like the cork oak or lavender bush did; they’re home to eastern and southeastern Asia where they’ve been revered and celebrated for more than 5,000 years. The small, shiny leaves of Camellia sinensis were first used in China and Japan to make black tea, and was later brought to Portugal in the 16th century. With the marriage of Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza to King Charles II in 1662, tea meandered its way to England where it’s become an integrated part of British culture. Mind you, tea producing leaves of Camellia sinesis are not the same species that’s brought the city of Porto to floral delight every ...
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Staff Picks: 5 New Experiences to Enjoy in Portugal this Year!

Happy New Year from the Catavino Team! With the year just kicking off, welcoming heaps of new opportunities, a trip to Portugal should be at the top of your list! Brimming with soulful foods, diverse wines and stunning natural wonders, it’s no wonder that Portugal has been rated as one of the top tourism destinations in Europe. But what are the hidden Portuguese treasures most overlooked by... Source

Staff Picks: 5 New Experiences to Enjoy in Portugal this Year!

Happy New Year from the Catavino Team! With the year just kicking off, welcoming heaps of new opportunities, a trip to Portugal should be at the top of your list! Brimming with soulful foods, diverse wines and stunning natural wonders, it’s no wonder that Portugal has been rated as one of the top tourism destinations in Europe. But what are the hidden Portuguese treasures most overlooked by... Source